And...Imprisoning them in prison-like schools is not the place to learn healthy adult behavior. The place to do that is by watching adults handle the normal conflicts that arise in adult living.
Also...GOOD point about the play. Normal play is now forbidden in government schools.
By the way,....I have never seen bullying on the beach and I specifically look for it because I am curious about its absence. Why?
—Sufficient adult supervision. ( There is water there and plenty of adults watching their kids.)
— When children are tired, hungry, or bored they are completely free to leave any play activity.
—It is interesting to watch the older children mentor the younger child in proper beach etiquette.
— And, the older kids often will spend **hours** teaching younger children games and activities. I remember one day a child of about 10 spending nearly the entire afternoon teaching a younger child to do somersaults. ( No attention deficit among that group of kids.)
Older kids teaching younger kids is normal.
They are stepping up toward adulthood.
What I often see in the PC world is so called Adults expecting children to just understand adult situations without ever letting them get their toes wet.
This is just as bad of an idea as letting them run wild.
There is a time for immediate action and a time for pause and there is always the component of reason and justice.
If your kids are good learners, you can give them a wide berth at an early age, But you never stop watching them.